I have had Christian influence in my life and I have heard others talk about their favorite Bible verses. Most will say that their favorite verse is John 3:16 which is probably the most popular Bible verse. There are several others that people will point to as their favorites.
When I think about mine, I always seem to go back to Romans 8:38-39 which says:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
To me, it is always comforting to know that nothing can separate us from God’s love. One of the most common prayers I pray is that God never gives up on me. There are times I fail and don’t really function well in Christian things but I am glad to know that God still loves me and that He doesn’t give up on me.
We have all sinned. No one is perfect. We mess up. It’s impossible to live a perfect life in an imperfect world. If perfection was the requirement, it would be a waste of time. God’s love makes the difference.
I like the fact that nothing can separate us from God’s love because, honestly, sometimes I feel pretty far away. I wish I could say that I always have a consistent prayer life or feel like I’m walking with God everyday. I’m just not always on it. It’s nice to know that nothing has to separate us.
I like these verses in the Amplified Version:
For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I have no doubt about this and neither should you. When you feel at your lowest point and you think that God has given up on you, these verses prove otherwise. God will be as close as you let Him be. Yep, we mess up and have seasons in our lives when we stray but God is eager and waiting to be there again.
I’ll be honest with you, there was a time in my life when I questioned everything about my life. Even though I was going to church every Sunday and working in the church, I was completely lost in direction. I asked God if there was something seriously wrong with me. I was supposed to be close to God but I certainly wasn’t feeling it. It wasn’t until I spent a week at a monastery that I discovered that God hadn’t left me, He was there for me in the silence of the monastery. When I removed all the noise and clutter of my life, I found Him there. He hadn’t left me. I was the one who had left. I found my way back to God and learned He was still with me. During that week, He referred me back to Romans 8:38-39 and that hasn’t left me.
If you’re feeling lost and separated from God, consider removing the noise and clutter in your life. God didn’t separate Himself from you, you separated yourself from Him. If you make the effort for God, He will be there for you.
Everyone has their own way and path. You will have to find it for yourself but realize that NOTHING can separate God’s love for you. He covered all the obstacles and excuses. Have no doubt that you could ever be separated from His love.